Summer STEM Opportunities from the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation offers two different fellowships for
professional development in science, technology, engineering,
and math (STEM). Apply for either all-expenses-paid summer
program by February 15.
The Siemens STEM Institute promotes hands-on, real-world
integration of STEM in the classroom. STEM Fellows will meet
leading scientists and innovators "whose work across STEM
disciplines shape and define our world today."
This week-long immersion program, limited to 50 educators,
takes place at Discovery Communications, in Silver
The Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) Fellowships engage
middle school and high school STEM teachers with top scientists
in short-term research projects. Collaborating in small teams,
STARs Fellows will conduct research on current topics of
national interest. They will also receive additional training
and resources to incorporate research into their math and
This two week-long opportunity, limited to 20 educators, takes
place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee.
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"That problem was easy when I knew what to do. I am glad
because I like poem problems."
- Colin, reflecting on the last Pre-Algebra PoW
NCTM Guide to the Common Core State Standards
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has just
published a guide to interpreting and implementing the Common
Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Making It
Happen, sold as an eBook with or without executive summary,
helps teachers, teacher leaders, and supervisors make sense of
CCSSM and implement the vision that it shares with NCTM.
Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour
"In 2011-2012, we will still be tested on the 2005 standard.
After the NYS assessment, we should begin the new CCSS. We will
be first tested on the CCSS during the 2012-2013 school year."
- Barb, posted to the middle school (grades 5-8) discussion
group of the Association of Math Teachers of New
Math Mondays with George Hart
Just over a year ago now, George Hart began posting short
descriptions and photographs of mathematical craft projects
and puzzles. One Monday last October, he shared pictures of
star-like constructions made out of drinking straws and twine;
over three consecutive weeks in August, he featured
mathematical quilts, followed by mathematical crochet, then
Selecting these Math Mondays as a "Best of MAKE:2010," MAKE
Magazine summed up Hart's weekly column as "covering the
wonders of mathematics through a series of crafty projects.
It's math and science meets arts, crafts, and various forms of
making (from papercraft to wood- and metalworking, to playing
with your food)."
A project of O'Reilly Media, Inc., MAKE describes itself as a
hybrid magazine/book that "brings the do-it-yourself mindset
to all the technology in your life.... [and] celebrates your
right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will."
MAKE's Maker Faire provides students with ideas for projects in
arts, crafts, engineering, green design, food, music, science
A sculptor, professor, and author periodically highlighted in
the Math Forum Internet News over the years, Hart currently
serves as the Chief of Content for the Museum of Mathematics,
which archives the same column in stand-alone format: